Sefton Council has taken extra steps this festive period to combat Christmas flytipping outside South Sefton Recycling Centre.
Working in partnership with Veolia and the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), Sefton Council’s Environmental Enforcement team want to deter those who flytip outside South Sefton Recycling Centre on Irlam Road, Bootle when it’s closed during the festive season.
Despite only being closed for three days during the Christmas and New Year period (December 25, 26 & January 1) irresponsible people will leave their rubbish outside the centre.
Last year this resulted in 16 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) being issued to fly tippers.
This year CCTV cameras will be in place to catch flytippers in the act and anyone caught will face a £400 FPN.
Failure to pay the penalty will result in a prosecution and those found guilty will face significant fines.
Signage will also be erected near to the site and regular messages will be circulated via the council’s social media to remind residents of their rubbish responsibilities.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “There is no excuse for this kind of irresponsible behaviour and most residents are well aware that leaving waste like this is flytipping.
“Information on collection services and recycling services during the Christmas holidays, as well as recycling centre opening times, is readily available to residents via both the Council and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority websites.
“South Sefton Recycling Centre will be closed for just three days during the Christmas and New Year period so there is no need for irresponsible people to flytip their rubbish outside on the public highway.
“Any act of flytipping is not only illegal but also extremely disappointing and we are taking proactive steps to deter anyone from doing this.
“Those that still ignore the many warnings run the risk of prosecution and significant fines.
“We actively encourage people to play their part in keeping the local area clean and green and everyone has a responsibility for maintaining the environment where they live.”
Residents can report any instances of flytipping across the borough easily online via www.sefton.gov.uk/flytipping.